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Area
The length of the contigenous frontier is 3,828 miles (6,129 km), sharing 1,370 miles with China, 1,310 miles with Thailand, and 832 miles with India, 1,687 miles with Bangladesh and 148 miles with Laos.




Climate
Myanmar receives nearly all its rain during the rainy season which lasts from mid-May to October.




Currency
Visitors are not allowed to bring in or take out Kyats though they can bring in any amount of foreign currency. However, it must be declared to the customs if it exceeds US$2,000.




Flora & Fauna
The dense tropical forests in Lower Myanmar contain extensive stands of timber and oil-bearing trees, including commercially valuable teak forests.




Historical Background
King Bayintnaung, who reigned from 1552 - 1581, was also known as Lord of the White Elephants and Conqueror of the Ten Directions. He reunited the kingdom, created the vast Hanthawady Empire and rebuilt Bago on a magnificent scale.


Holidays & Festivals
Festivals can be divided into two types - nation-wide and regional. As Myanmar culture is closely intertwined with Buddhism, most Myanmar festivals centre around religious events, and most are designated according to the Myanmar calendar.



Location
Yangon, the capital and largest city of Myanmar, lies on the delta. Myanmar Standard Time, taken as on east longitude 97° 30´, is six hours and thirty minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.




National Anthemn
The pinion has fourteen cogs of equal size and within it are two ears of paddy consisting of 34 grains. At the top of each cog of the pinion is a star with five vertices.


Physical Feature
The Western Hills Region, linked with the Himalayan Range, consists of Mt. Kakaborazi in the northernmost part of the country, which is 19,296 feet high and the tallest peak in Southeast Asia.




Population
The population is more than 75 percent rural, with almost half the urban population found in the three largest cities: Yangon, Mandalay and Mawlamyine.




Religion
Freedom of worship for followers of different religions has exited in Myanmar since ancient times. Buddhism is practiced by about 89.3 percent of the population, Christianity by 5.6 percent, Islam by 3.8 percent, Hinduism by 0.5 percent and Animism by 0.2 percent.



The State Flag and national anthem
A pinion and ears of paddy encircled with fourteen white stars of equal size have been superimposed on the dark blue field of the canton.